What was your favorite album of 2012? It’s a question we posed to Idolator readers
in a two-part poll
as the year began to wind down. Over 35,000 votes came in, and we’ve now rounded up the ten most popular of your choices. The top two — Adam Lambert
and Marina And The Diamonds
‘ Electra Heart
— were separated by a mere 238 votes, indicating that it was indeed a tight race.
Head below to see the albums you all chose as the best of the year, and let us know your thoughts on how the poll shook out in the end More »
There’s something inherently warm and fuzzy about Christmas songs that makes them hard to critique. But for every classic like Mariah Carey
’s evergreen “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” there are two or three equally entertaining — if slightly less conventional — modern carols that you’ll probably skip playing in company. That is, unless you have really awesome (and understanding) friends.
We’ve put together a list of 10 festive guilty pleasures to spin this Christmas…preferably after a couple of glasses of spiked eggnog. More »
As 2012 comes to a close
and we all start fondly looking back at the best music that the year had to offer, we must also remember the biggest beefs of the past 12 months. From rappers to pop tarts to boy banders, 2012 was chock full of feuds. Thankfully for us, most of them were just as entertaining as they were petty.
But not all cat fights were created equal, so here we present to you the top five juiciest, naughtiest and beefiest pop feuds of the year. Clench your fists and head below! More »
It’s a scientific fact that the only two truly great Christmas songs written in the last thirty years are Mariah Carey
‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Wham!
‘s “Last Christmas.” (Disagree with us? Sorry, it’s science.) But while the sad reality is that every cover of Caraewey’s Yuletide standard pales in comparison to the original (you can’t outdo perfection), George Michael
and the other dude’s track has been gamely covered by a laundry list of artists who have given Wham! a run for their money.
We were reminded of this earlier today while listening to The xx‘s dreamy, spare cover of the song — so in honor of their rendition (and the upcoming holiday, of course), here are a few other versions of “Last Christmas” that are pretty great. More »
The 2013 Grammy Awards nominations
arrived last night courtesy of an impressively weird CBS concert
, but amidst the many thrilling surprises the evening packed — who among us wasn’t exhilarated by the frissons we felt upon realizing that LMFAO
‘s “Sexy and I Know It” had finally received the recognition it so sorely deserves? — there were also some disappointments. Why did nobody believe in Justin Bieber?
Why were they so mulishly unwilling to take a ride with Lana Del Rey
? Doesn’t anyone want to take One Direction
home? These were the questions that kept us up all night.
Head below to see the most outrageous snubs from this year’s Grammys. More »
Here at Idolator, the editors have been continuously sifting through 2012′s releases and poring over tracks to suss out the best of the best. Of course, let’s face it: it was a dire year as far as consistent, solid albums are concerned. Forget the lack of a breakout smash like Adele
(which, to be fair, is an anomaly in this day and age) — despite steady sales for Mumford & Sons
and One Direction
‘s Up All Night
, there wasn’t that clear-cut collision of critical praise and commercial crossover with any album, save for maybe Taylor Swift
And, well, lo and behold — Red made our list. As did nine other standout LPs released over the past year that span several genres. After all, cha-ching is not what defines a good album; it’s simply a blend of both songs that impact our daily lives made by artists who tap into a collective commonality and some damn fine hooks.
Head below to see what Idolator’s resident music fanatics Robbie Daw, Carl Williott, Sam Lansky and Erika Brooks Adickman chose as their favorite albums of 2012. More »
Thanksgiving is a magical holiday, isn’t it? It’s a time for reflection on the past year and the many bounties it brought our way — and here at Idolator, we can’t help but feel that 2012 gave us an extraordinary cornucopia of pop culture moments for which we want to give thanks. From the instant classic that is Nicole Westbrook
‘s smash single “It’s Thanksgiving”
(see above) to the hyper-memeability of Lana Del Rey
, our staffers each contributed a few items that made us feel grateful.
Head below to see the full list. More »
Last night’s 2012 American Music Awards
telecast felt more like an all-star concert than a typical awards show, jammed with performances as it was — but there’s no denying that some artists fared better than others. From the great moments (Christina Aguilera
‘s astoundingly insane medley and Justin Bieber
trolling “the haters”) to the lackluster ones (a sleepy Nicki Minaj
and another exhausting take on novelty hit “Gangnam Style”), the AMAs were a definite mixed bag, with spectacular highs and dreary lows.
Head below to see the best and worst moments from last night’s performances-heavy, awards-light ceremony. More »